The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair After successful inaugural event last year, the fair returns to Petworth Park, organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, with backdrop of Petworth House and its 'Capability' Brown landscape
News-Antique.com - Jan 25,2016 - Petworth House is home to a magnificent collection of art, including works by Turner, Constable and Van Dyck. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown this year, Petworth Park received his treatment when Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, commissioned him to transform the formal landscape in the 1750s. Petworth House's 'Capability' Brown Festival exhibition ends on Wednesday 11 May 2016.
Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited said, "The National Trust is very supportive, as are the Petworth Business Association (PBA), the Petworth Antiques And Decorative Arts association (PAADA) and Savills. Visitors to the fair will be granted free entry to Petworth House, the 'Capability' Brown exhibition and grounds, during the three days of the fair, upon production of the fair's ticket. In return, National Trust members and holders of Petworth House tickets can take advantage of complimentary access to the fair. Antiques fair tickets, £10 each, allow entry across all three days, so people who come from further afield can enjoy a whole cultural weekend visiting the fair and the environs of Petworth."
Over 40 specialist dealers, predominantly members of the British Antique Dealers' Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, are showcasing a cornucopia of treasures with the majority of dealers returning to the fair to re-engage with contacts made last year. New faces, all well-known on the fairs circuit, are Kaye Michie Fine Art, Shapiro & Co and Wakelin & Linfield. The fair is well supported by local Sussex dealers such as Augustus Brandt, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, John Bird Antiques, Tim Saltwell, Thomas Fine Art and Wilsons Antiques. PAADA is showing a variety of items from the 28 antique shops and 70 member dealers of the association.
Highlights include Cheval Turc, the most important single animal sculpture of the 19th century by Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) on Hickmet Fine Arts' stand (£48,500). This superb bronze study has an exquisite deep autumnal patination of green, black, brown and orange. For a more contemporary feel, William Cook is showing Thoroughbred Grazing by J K Brown, ingeniously made from recycled kitchen utensils (£8,900) and a specially commissioned polo group, as the surrounding area is well known for the sport of kings. Garret & Hurst Sculpture is bringing Dionysis Portrait, a bronze bust by Margot Homan (£10,450). Dancing Cranes in bronze by Simon Gudgeon comes from The Jerram Gallery (£14,500).
The fair is the perfect hunting ground for decorative items, both large and small. Tim Saltwell is bringing a pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases in the Japanese style (£1,250) as well as a Napoleon III kingwood and ormolu mounted inkwell (£595). From Hickmet Fine Arts is an attractive Art Deco opalescent glass figure Nue au Bra Tendu, signed Etling and designed by in-house artist Lucille Sevin (£4,450). Mark J West, specialist dealer in antique glass is displaying a rare pair of Venetian-style carafes by Paul Raoul de Facheux D'Humy, Aurura Glass Co, London, c1880 (£440) and a most